VISHAKHAPATNAM: Might of Indian Navy along with other world navies was at full display at the International Fleet Review 2016, reviewed by President of India and Supreme Commander of Armed Forces Pranab Mukherjee in Visakhapatnam on Saturday.
Sailing INS Sumitra, the Presidential Yacht, the President, along with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and host of guests reviewed the anchored columns of 70 frontline ships and submarines from Indian Navy and navies of other countries.
Dressed in their ceremonial best, the ships dressed in full regalia manned by smartly dressed navy men and officers saluted the president. Following it, the naval ships stream past the presidential yacht. It was an awe inspiring sight and movement of pride for the Indian Navy, as many of its indigenously built naval ships and submarines were present among the columns of ships.
INS Vikramaditya, now the prime aircraft carrier of Indian Navy, soon to be decommissioned INS Viraat, which is likely to be handed over to Andhra Pradesh for anchoring along its cost and turned into a ship museum, war ships of INS Godavari class, Shivalik class, Kamorta Class, Delhi Class and Kolkata class, Sindhughosh Class submarines, showcased the naval might of the country, filling every Indian witnessing them with sense of pride.
Dazzling flypast by the naval air-arm was breathtaking display and the aircraft that flew past the presidential yacht included Chetak Aircrafts, MIG 29K, Long Range Maritime Reconnaissance aircraft, P8I and Sea Harriers. Display of rescue missions by Indian Navy's elite force - MARCOS (Marine Commandos) also received a huge applause from the people witnessing the event.